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Red kites over Eccup reservoir
by Maggie R Cobbett
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A species under threat



On Eccup reservoir at dawn, the water’s calm
And only early risers see us leave our nests
To soar above bridle path, stately home and farm.
To some a noble sight; yet others think us pests.

How are we then to live our own allotted span,
Unless all country folk of Yorkshire learn to hold
Our beauty dear and cease to find a threat to man
In our far-seeing hooded eyes of amber gold?

Our tails are forked, but not our tongues. They must believe
That we’re but carrion birds, whose only living prey
They wouldn’t deign to eat. Much finer fare we leave
To those who work the land and need to make it pay.

Our talons are not stained with blood of plundered game,
And our great wings of chestnut red will draw the crowds,
Our piping whistle summon those with just one aim;
To see us in full flight against the northern clouds.







Maggie Cobbett

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Reviewed by richard Holgate (Reader)
Maggie,
I sent you an email about the cobbett family. Reading this poem I forgot to mention that I was raised in Yorkshire after being born in Cumberland, Maryport to be exact.
Tks
Richard Holgate
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara
You know I always hate when another person takes my comment, well has already said what I was going to say. So I will say this, Karen's comments I must wholeheartedly agree with! Birds are beautiful for they are a part of nature and all things natural are beautiful no matter how gruesome, pesty and etc they may seem. All things in nature; whether we see it or not, have a purpose, a meaning!

Well done and your imagery is lovely, well penned! Glad I dropped by!

~Nikki~
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Interesting write. Maybe folks should leave the birds alone, instead of trying to shoo them away. They are not a pest, they are beauty.

Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
To see us in full flight against the northern clouds.

One of far too many bird species under threat these very sad days, Maggie, but you've penned a wonderful ode to them.
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